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Discouraged jobseekers victims of the recession



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JOHN HOWARD, M.P. '

MEMBER FOR BENNELONC SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, EMPLOYMENT 6. TRA1NINC,

IRET 010/93

DISCOURAGED JOBSEEKERS VICTIMS OF THE RECESSION

The rise in the number of discouraged job-seekers in the year to September merely emphasises the terrible impact the recession has had on Australian workers.

The Opposition has repeatedly pointed out that the unemployment rate understates the extent of the problem.

In September last year the number of people unemployed was 926,200 and the unemployment rate was 10.7 per cent.

But when under-employed part-time workers (514,300), under-employed full-time workers .(88,400), and discouraged job-seekers (145,600) are added to the unemployed, the total rises to 1,674,500 - 19.2 per cent of the workforce.

In September 1991 the corresponding figure was 17.6 per cent.

Discouraged job-seekers are part of a larger group of people who are defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as being marginally attached to the labour market.

The size of this group also has increased steadily during the recession.

If the entire group is added to the unemployed and the under-employedi the result suggests some 27 per cent of the labour force was involuntarily unemployed or under-employed in

September.

The corresponding figure in 1991 was 25 per cent.

SYDNEY 22 February 1993

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